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“Inspire our Nation, Impress the World.”


Wales Millennium Centre is the nation's home for the performing arts situated at the heart of Cardiff Bay. One of the UK's top cultural attractions, the Centre provides an extensive programme of world class entertainment, showcases Welsh creativity and talents, partners with international artistic companies, and offers creative learning and community engagement opportunities aimed at increasing accessibility to art and culture. This Welsh landmark has welcomed over 16.5 million visitors since opening in 2004.

 

 

The Centre's aim is to Inspire Our Nation, Impress the World, by creating inspirational and life changing experiences that broadens horizons.  In the coming years the Centre will seek to:

  • Raise the aspiration of every young person in Wales
  • Be accessible to everyone
  • Be celebrated as one of the leading performing arts centres in the world
  • Create innovative work that showcases Wales to the world
     

2016 saw the Centre raise its creative ambition. Highlights include:

  • The creation of our first main stage production, Only the Brave
  • The launch of our first inaugural Festival of Voice
  • The staging of the outdoor cultural spectacular - City of the Unexpected (a celebration of the Cardiff-born Roald Dahl) which saw over 300,000 people attend  
  • 70,000 participants in our creative learning programme 
     

2017 will see the opening of a brand new musical, Tiger Bay, and 2018 the second outing of Festival of Voice.


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One of the Centre's aims is to develop aspiration, self-belief and creative skills for young people, especially those most vulnerable and the adults around them. In 2017 the Centre launched its new Creative Learning programme, Platfform. This strand of activities aims to truly become the ffwrnais awen ("furnace of inspiration") of the building's world-famous inscription.  The programme will champion the power of arts, culture and creativity, creating opportunities for people to find their creative "voice" whether it is expressed literally through singing, or through dance and other forms. We believe finding this voice enhances wellbeing and confidence, and raises aspirations.

For further details please visit wmc.org.uk/takepart.

As a registered charity, the Centre relies on regular support and donations to continue this activity, to change young lives and to extend horizons. To explore ways of supporting the Centre,


click here and see the real difference you can make.

 

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•  Wales Millennium Centre is a landmark arts venue and a cultural destination, opened by Her Majesty the Queen on November 28, 2004.

•  In addition to presenting the best available touring talent from across the globe, the Centre also creates its own productions which perform in its venues and tour.

•  Built at a cost of £106m, its construction was funded by Welsh Assembly Government (£37m) and the National Lottery (£41m) through the Millennium Commission (£31m) and Arts Council of Wales (£10m).

•  The Centre is supported by the Arts Council of Wales through an annual public investment grant which is less than 20% of its annual turnover.  For every £1 received from the public purse an additional £4.50 is generated by its commercial activities and fundraising.

•  Annually the Centre receives over 1.5 million visitors making it Wales' number one visitor attraction.

•  The Centre sustains up to 1000 jobs and contributes over £78m annually to the economy of Wales. 

•  On its 7.5 acre site in Cardiff Bay, the Centre has a 1900 seat lyric theatre, named after its founding patron Sir Donald Gordon, designed for opera, large scale musicals, ballet and contemporary dance.

•  Other performance spaces include a 160 seat cabaret venue, 250 seat studio theatre, a dance house, 350 seat recital hall and a state of the art recording facility, BBC Hoddinott Hall.

•  Wales Millennium Centre is also home to eight other cultural organisations, including Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Literature Wales, as well as inclusive arts organisation, Hijinx Theatre and the Touch Trust.

•  Lord Lloyd-Webber has called the Centre “the best theatre built in the world in the last 50 years.”